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Haines Shoe House

197 Shoe House Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17406 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“Outlandish advert, iconic attraction!”

The Shoe House, built in 1948, was by far "Colonel" Mahlon N. Haines' most outlandish advertising gimmick. It is a wood frame structure covered with wire lath and coated with a cement stucco. It measures 48 ft. in length, 17 ft. in width at the widest part and 25 ft. in height. The interior consists of five different levels and contains three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living room.

This giant structural advertisement was originally used as a guest house. In the first year after its completion, elderly couples were invited to stay for a weekend and live like "kings and queens" at Haines' expense.

The Haines Shoe House went under new ownership in 2015. We offer guided tours, Beck's Ice Cream and treats from Mellie's Makery. Bus groups welcome, please call ahead. No appointment needed for daily tours.

*Seasonal hours*
Open first day of Spring through October  First day of Spring - Memorial Day: Fri, Sat, Sun 11-5  Memorial Day - Labor Day: Wed - Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5  Labor Day - Halloween: Fri, Sat, Sun 11-5  *CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY* 

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Reviewed by
Kelly

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
January 4, 2016

Wasn't opened when I was there, but totally weird and worth the stop!

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Reviewed by
Melanie Schmuck

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 2, 2015

The Haines Shoe House is awesome!!! One of the best pieces left of the old Lincoln Highway Roadside America! Come check it out if you haven't before...and go back to see the new changes along with the new owners if you visited before! Serving local Beck's Ice Cream and Mellie's Makery Treats! Closed Mon & Tues, Wed-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5. Open First day of Spring to Mid-November. A must see!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

  • Road Warrior
  • 371 Reviews
  • 109 Helpful
September 29, 2014

I would definitely take the short detour off the highway to take a very personalized tour of this extremely quirky gem. It's been privately owned for it's entire existence (nearly 70 years) and the couple that owns it currently has been giving tours in the spring/summer/early fall for the last 12 years. They also restored the ice cream parlor in the basement which historically has been a big hit! No photos inside, but they'll take you all around their private residence. A true folk-art phenomena with the story to match.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tgaulkin

  • 13 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 31, 2014

Arrived too early to tour, but very cool to pull over and gawk at! Lots of detail, a wonderful curiosity and a great example of disappearing Americana.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
grnstreak

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 18, 2014

August 2014. Only open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am -4pm.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Bryan

  • Road Warrior
  • 75 Reviews
  • 64 Helpful
January 7, 2014

kinda neat if you are in the area - easy access off the interstate - quick photo op

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
alice.holzer.reybitz

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 2, 2013

Took the kids before we left York for California...they also allow honeymoons...it is a cool structure....the kids got a kick out of it...Hellam also has some interesting little shops...it's a pleasant burg!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 480 Reviews
  • 347 Helpful
May 11, 2013

2013: I believe it is currently only open at weekends, or if booked in advance for a group tour.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LisaBoydNewman

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 16, 2016

Worth the stop. Friendly people & loved the dog house in back.

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Haines Shoe House

197 Shoe House Rd
York, Pennsylvania
17406 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun, Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking

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